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Monday, April 7, 2014

2014 COSA Senior Fair at Harrah's

Come out and enjoy the fair! There will be lots of things to see and tons of fun at the Annual COSA Senior Fair on May 2, 2014 at Harrah's.

See ya there and don't forget to stop by the Comfort Keepers table and let me know I saw it on your Daily Times Blog!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Aging Veterans, Spouses and Widows Special Pension Benefit - You might Qualify

Comfort Keepers® Is Honored to Serve Our Nation’s Veterans

Home Care for VeteransWe feel privileged to provide home care for veterans who served our nation in its time of need. We provide you with the information to work through the paperwork to help you avoid potential pension claim delays. Once you become an approved participant in a VA program, Comfort Keepers will provide the quality home care and companionship our veterans deserve. There are several veteran in-home care programs for which an individual may qualify:
  • Improved Pension Benefit Program
  • Homemaker/Home Health Aide Program
  • In-Home Respite Program

Who Qualifies?

If you or your spouse served 90 consecutive days of active military duty – at least one of those days during a U.S. declared war – you may qualify or be partially qualified.
Other qualifications include specific financial criteria and documented physical need for in-home care.
To begin the application process, you will need:
  • Original discharge certificate
  • Marriage certificate (divorce papers from any prior marriages, if applicable)
  • Death certificate of veteran (if applicable)
  • Social Security numbers for the veteran and spouse
If you think you may qualify for one of the VA programs, give Comfort Keepers in Springfield PA a call at 610-543-6300 or go to our website at www.comfortkeepers.com/office-326/ to get more information.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Nutrition and Cooking for Seniors

No matter what your age, good nutrition is one of the best ways to stay healthy. ck family on patioDaily food choices can make an important difference in your health and in how you look and feel. As a caregiver, managing the nutritional needs of your senior client or family member can be a challenge, but here are some practical diet tips that will help you to make planning and cooking nutritious meals a pleasurable experience for you both.
In general, changing to a more healthy diet is in every person’s short and long term best interest. But for older adults, there are particular benefits of healthy eating. They include increased mental acuteness, resistance to illness and disease, higher energy levels, faster recuperation times and better management of chronic health problems. For seniors, eating well can also be the key to a positive outlook and staying emotionally balanced.
As we age, good nutrition is essential. Our metabolic rates slow down and we tend to need fewer calories because we are not generally as physically active as we once were. So making sure that the senior you care for is eating nutrient-dense foods and making the most of the calories that they do eat becomes more necessary. To read the rest of this article, click HERE.
This article taken from Comfort Keepers website. For more like it, please go to www.comfortkeepers.com.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

COSA looking for 100 year olds for 2014 Luncheon

On May 14, 2014, Delaware County Council, along with the Delaware County Office of Services for the Aging (COSA), will host their annual Centenarian Luncheon. This will be the 12th year for this event and is always one of the highlights of the year. Anyone turning 100 or older in 2014 is welcome to attend this luncheon at the Drexelbrook Banquet Center.
Last year, we had 47 centenarians attend the luncheon and COSA visited 25 additional centenarians in the community.
Centenarians and one guest are admitted for free. Additional guests may purchase tickets for $25.00 each. Guests also receive a commemorative photo from the day along with a special proclamation from Delaware County Council.
The organization or facility that brings the most centenarians to the luncheon will receive a prize.
For more information or to register to attend the luncheon, contact Debbie Hedgepeth at (610) 872-1686.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Good nutrition - memory loss and dementia

Many seniors are faced with a growing number of health problems as they age. One particularly concerning disease is Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is a progressive, incurable, fatal disease that usually strikes the elderly but can occur in people as young as age 40. This disease is the most common subclass of dementia, which is a term used for any number of diseases that affect memory and intellectual ability to the point of interfering with a person’s everyday activities. Alzheimer’s disease in particular causes memory loss and affects the thinking and behavior of those who suffer from it. 
Currently, Alzheimer’s disease affects more than 5 million Americans, a number that is expected to rise to 7.1 million by 2025. There are a number of risk factors for this disease that the general public is aware of, including head injuries, genetics and a family history. However, one risk factor that does not seem to get as much media attention is the possible link between Alzheimer’s disease and vascular disease.
The human brain is fed nutrients and oxygen by the vascular system. If the vascular system is not functioning well, the brain is also deprived of essential nutrients and oxygen, which can cause disease in the brain, including dementia. Research shows that the same risk factors for vascular disease–diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol–are also risk factors for Alzheimer’s. To continue reading click HERE

Friday, March 21, 2014

Food Safety for Seniors

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), Senior Health reports that approximately 76 million Americans get food poisoning, or foodborne illnesses, each year, and of those about 5000 die. Foodborne illnesses are caused by eating foods that are contaminated with bacteria, protozoa, or other microbials and viruses. The real tragedy here is that in most cases these foodborne illnesses are preventable simply by using proper food handling and storage methods. 
Food poisoning is especially detrimental to seniors, causing them to be sicker longer with more acute symptoms. As people age, their immune systems slow down and are not as effective in combating illnesses. Older adults’ bodies do not produce as much stomach acid and their digestion slows, both making it difficult to eliminate bacteria that enter the system. Seniors are also more likely to be suffering from chronic illnesses, which affect the body’s ability to ward off disease. Additionally, older people’s abilities to smell and taste are not as acute as when they were younger, making it difficult for them to discern when food has spoiled. This makes them more likely to eat foods that may be contaminated.
For these reasons, it is critical that seniors and their caretakers are able to immediately identify the symptoms of food poisoning and seek proper medical care and treatment. It is equally important, or more so, that they follow safe food preparation and handling methods.To continue reading this article click HERE. 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Centenarian Luncheons in May - Will you be 100 or know someone who is?

Delaware County and Montgomery County PA will host their annual Centenarian Luncheons in May 14,2014. If you know someone who is 100 please contact the county and let them know so they can honor the person.

The Centenarian does not have to attend the luncheon. Delaware County, COSA staff will go out to nursing home or home and honor the person there at the residence.

www.delcosa.org or MCAAS in Montgomery County PA's Luncheon is May 1, 2014 please call for info.